IMG Academy trainees left a strong impression on teams at this year’s NBA Combine. Topping the list is Miami’s Shane Larkin, who has been training at IMG Academy with several of his Miami teammates and other top Draft prospects from around the country in preparation for the 2013 NBA Combine and Draft. The 5’11” guard wowed with the fastest sprint (3.08 seconds) and a 44” max vertical – the second-highest vertical ever recorded at the Combine, and the highest in the last decade. Larkin’s Miami teammate Kenny Kadji, an IMG Academy alumnus, and fellow IMG Academy training peers, Brandon Paul (Illinois), Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and Adonis Thomas (Memphis), also put on impressive displays of athleticism.
For a decade and a half, top Draft prospects have selected IMG Academy to prepare for the NBA Combine and increase their Draft status. Players eat, sleep and train on campus, with 24/7 access to athletic facilities, as well as a wellness spa, medical office and athletic training/sports therapy clinic. In addition to daily skills training led by former NBA Head Coach and Director of Basketball, Kenny Natt, and Head Pro Skills Trainer, Dan Barto, players receive education, training and support in areas like speed and movement, physical and mental conditioning, athletic training/sports therapy, sports nutrition, vision training, and communications.
Last year’s class of Combine and Draft trainees produced top picks like North Carolina PG Kendall Marshall (13th overall, Phoenix Suns), St. John’s SF Moe Harkless (15th overall, Philadelphia 76ers), and Syracuse C Fab Melo (22nd overall, Boston Celtics).